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Egypt’s North Sinai: Residents stuck between Islamist rebels and brutal anti-terrorism operations

By Abir Sorour
Posted on Friday, 19 February 2021 20:41

Military forces look on in North Sinai
Military forces look on in North Sinai, Egypt December 1, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Ten years after the Arab Spring, residents of the restive peninsula are caught between threats of Islamist militants and the oppression of the Egyptian military and its affiliated militias.

Ten years ago in North Sinai, following the ouster of the then president Hosni Mubarak, *Ashraf, then a 15-year-old child, was accompanying his mother to stage a protest in front of one of the city’s burnt police stations in the Sheikh Zuwied district.

The protesters demanded the release of Ashraf’s father, who had been arrested in connection to the 2005 bombings that targeted South Sinai.